Mary Gallagher walks again
Ghosts of Griffintown,
an evocative hour-long documentary about a vanished Irish working-class
neighbourhood in southwest Montreal, will be shown tomorrow night at 8
p.m. in the de Sève Cinema, under the auspices of the Centre for
Canadian Irish Studies.
Many older Montrealers remember Griffintown, and the filmmaker, Richard
Burman, was able to tap their memories and photo albums to build up a
portrait of a close-knit community with a rich social, religious and sporting
life. As such, its an excellent resource for the Centre.
Griffintown even has its own ghost, a prostitute named Mary Gallagher
who was decapitated by a jealous rival. Locals like to think she comes
back on the anniversary of her murder, looking for her losthead.
This is the fourth screening of Ghosts
of Griffintown in Montreal. It will likely be shown on CFCF,
and perhaps on network television, but seeing it in the spacious de Sève
Cinema, perhaps with appreciative ex-Griffintowners sitting nearby, is
an ideal way to enjoy it. The filmmaker will be present to discuss his
work. Admission is $5.
Lecture in Irish Studies
The Concordia Irish Studies lecture series will present a lecture on Feb.
6 by Claire Connolly, visiting associate professor at Boston College,
on The Turn to the Map: Cartography in Contemporary Irish Culture.
The lecture is at 8:30 p.m. in Room H-431.
Dr. Connollys research is focused on the cultural history of the
years around the Act of Union. She has published on the place of critical
and cultural theory in Irish studies, in particular the relationship between
feminist and postcolonial approaches. Author of a book called Romantic
Ireland: The Novel and the Shaping of Irish National Culture,
1790-1829, she is editing the Cambridge
Companion to Modern Irish Culture.